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Faced with what is right, to leave it undone shows a lack of courage.
 

Fine words and an insinuating appearance are seldom associated with true virtue.
 

Forget injuries, never forget kindnesses.
 

Go before the people with your example, and be laborious in their affairs.
 

Gravity is only the bark of wisdom; but it preserves it.
 

Have no friends not equal to yourself.
[Friendship]
 

He who exercises government by means of his virtue may be compared to the north polar star, which keeps its place and all the stars turn towards it.
 

He who is really kind can never be unhappy.  He who is really wise can never be confused.  He who is really brave is never afraid.
 

He who learns but does not think, is lost! He who thinks but does not learn is in great danger.
 

He who merely knows right principles is not equal to him who loves them.
[Principles]
 

He who speaks without modesty will find it difficult to make his words good.
 

He who will not economize will have to agonize.
[Economy]
 

He who wishes to secure the good of others has already secured his own.
[Benevolence]
 

He with whom neither slander that gradually soaks into the mind, nor statements that startle like a wound in the flesh, are successful may be called intelligent indeed.
 

Heaven means to be one with God.
[Heaven]
 

Heaven will be inherited by every man who has heaven in his soul.
 

Hold faithfulness and sincerity as first principles.
 

Humankind differs from the animals only by a little, and most people throw that away.
 

Humility is the solid foundation of all the virtues.
[Humility]
 

I am not one who was born in the possession of knowledge; I am one who is fond of antiquity, and earnest in seeking it there.
 


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